Yep, it's a real butte. It's known as Elephant Butte and rises out of the waters of Elephant Butte Reservoir, which is located in New Mexico. Why is it called Elephant Butte? Because, at certain angles it actually looks like a huge elephant, no kidding. However, the picture below doesn't do it justice.
The reservoir surrounding Elephant Butte is really a neat lake that is fed by the historic Rio Grande. There are some very interesting names along the lake. Some of these names are so descriptive, you immediately have a mental picture of the place, for instance, Kettle Top Butte or Jungles Gate and Elephant Butte. Am I right? A lot of folks think of pelicans as being coastal waterfowl, however Elephant Butte has beautiful White Pelicans. Not only is bird watching a great activity on the lake, but so is boating, camping, hiking and fishing. In fact, the lake owns the state record for the Striped Bass, Blue Cat, Flathead Cat, Green Sunfish, and Longear Sunfish. I must say, "Elephant Butte is a real beauty!"
I painted this custom decor map of Elephant Butte not long ago. I hid a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters and folks love to search for her. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure, like Elephant Butte. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.